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Believers On Mountain Bikes (BOMB)

Weekly Update

We had a great BOMB season, this is the last weekly email of the year. The regularly BOMB ride schedule has come to an end for 2019.  Did the season meet your expectations? Read the devotional below for more insight. 

Apex trail in Golden this week is our last scheduled ride of the season, next Thursday is Halloween, then Daylight Saving ends.  However, we'll still meet pending weather for some night rides and other weekend rides. 

Follow our Facebook group to find out more.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/denverbomb/  There is talk of riding Buffalo Creek this Saturday which is always a good time.  There will be "winter", trips to Pueblo, the western slope, maybe Sedona and even some ski/snowboarding.
 
Devotional 
Have you ever had big expectations for a ride but the ride just didn't go as planned?  A rider from the UK recently posted on one of the Yeti-fan Facebook groups that his carbon crank arm broke in half within the first 8 miles of the Whole Enchilada.  He was so gutted because he had been anticipating this ride forever and it was really the only reason he was in Moab.  He had to hike out.  I'm sure there are rides or trips that we've all anticipated that haven't turned out the way we've wanted - maybe we dabbed a ride and were expecting perfection, or broke down and had to hike out.  

This week I (Doug) finally picked up our new family member - Rocky the blue heeler/border collie mix.  I have high expectations for this puppy.  Blue heelers are sometimes nicknamed land sharks, bullies, yet extremely loyal.  As I was thinking about this a lot of how he turns out will really depend on me.  He will be a reflection of how diligently I train him.  He won't be perfect because I'm not perfect.  If I set my expectations of him being a perfect dog, he will disappoint me.  So I just want him to be a good trail dog.  It will take a lot of work.  We already hired a trainer to help make sure we stay on task.  We figure, what we put in is what we will get out.  It got me thinking, what did God think when he created us?  He created us in his image, and he gave us freedom to make choices.  We sinned and turned away.  I'm sure he was disappointed, even though God is all knowing and knew the choices we would make.  Our failures show how amazing God truly is because he loved us so much despite our sinful choices he sent his son, Jesus, to pay for our sins which warranted death. 

Second, it got me thinking about creation care.  Genesis 2:15 states, "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."  This became harder after the fall, but humans were still commanded to take care of God's creation.  So, how my puppy turns out will reflect how I care for him.  Similarly, the earth will reflect how we care for it.  Thus, if we have major environmental issues, it may be how we are caring for God's creation.

Third, let's not set the expectation of each other as perfection or we are just going to disappoint each other.  Lets seeks to love one another, build each other up in Christ and not be too hard on each other when we fail.  Paul ordered the Corinthians in 2nd Corinthians that they had been hard enough on the Corinthians that had committed sins, and that the person that sin had repented.  So yes, the church needs to discipline and we need to sharpen each other, but when we see a person repent or sorrowful that person needs to be brought back into the Christian community so we can build each other up.  Paul commanded the Corinthians to do just that - bring the repenting sinner back into their Christian community.  If we set our expectations as perfection, we will be disappointed just as when a ride doesn't go as planned.

We are far too easily pleased
We'll always be disappointed in ourselves and our expectations.  We live in a broken world and you are the problem. You need a savior.  Anything other that Christ as our self-ideal is misplaced.  "Indeed, if we consider the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that we are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered. " - C.S. Lewis

On our BOMB jerseys... 
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

We are far too easily pleased with this world, it can never deliver on what it promises.  Our only hope is in Jesus our Lord. 
 
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)

When: Thursday, 10/24/2019, meet at 5:15pm, start the devotional and introductions at 5:30pm. 

Where: Apex

Directions: Heritage RoadGolden, CO 80401
Questions: Reply to this email or join the facebook group

Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver
http://denverbomb.com/waiver/

BOMB Values:

  1. We believe we are part of God's kingdom, not just a biking club.  We believe in God, his Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
  2. We give thanks and glory to God. 
  3. We put the group first. 
  4. It's about the relationships: We connect with each other, encourage and support one another in Christ.


 

BOMB Ride Format:

What to expect on a ride (all times are very approximate and will vary from week to week).
5:30 pm Prayer, then about a 2 hour ride
High/Midpoint Regroup, chat a little
8:00 pm Back at the cars for hot dogs

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schedule for details.
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